The 2014 Maui Film Festival

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The Maui Film Festival in Wailea, Hawaii.Photo Credit: Maui Film Festival

Film is a beautiful opportunity to learn, to express, to empathize and to progress as a people, especially film done well. Back in my college days Film Studies was part of my degree and I absolutely loved every minute in class! What could be better than watching different movies from diverse genre, spanning across many decades? To top it off my professor was one of those people who could aptly tie history to film to science to politics to religion, effortlessly. While I’m no longer receiving a grade for my study of film, I do still enjoy a broad range of movies and feel blessed to live on Maui where other movie buffs can gather together each year to revel in cinema, food, music and community.

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My hubby and I at the 2013 Maui Film Festival.

The 2014 Maui Film Festival is set to happen June 4-8, 2014. Below are the venues available for the festival, and if you’re on island, I highly recommend you check them out:

  • Celestial Cinema: Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course, Wailea, Hawaii.
  • Seaside Cinema, Music Cafe & Sunset Lounge: Grand Wailea, Wailea, Hawaii.
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center: Castle Theater & McCoy Theater, Kahului, Hawaii.
  • Toes-in-the-Sand Cinema: Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii.

Whether you’re a tourist visiting during the festival or a long-time resident, I encourage you to make attending a priority!

Why you need to go to the Maui Film Festival:

1. An awesome, diverse selection of films. My personal favorites are the surf movies at Celestial Cinema. There’s nothing more amazing than sitting under a blanket of stars on this beautiful Hawaiian island, gathered with other ocean lovers, enjoying surf cinema together.

The Maui Film Festival in Wailea, Hawaii.Photo Credit: Randy Jay Braun

2. Unique, elegant events. I remember my first summer on Maui and all of the ladies in my neighborhood excitedly talking about finally getting to dress up for an event…The Taste of Wailea! Of course, for chocolate lovers there’s The Taste of Chocolate, too!

Taste of Chocolate 1Photo Credit: Randy Jay Braun

3. Movie stars. Yup, our small island boasts our fair share of celebs, and the Maui Film Festival brings in a few more, as they honor several each year with various awards. This year’s award tributes go to the following people: Shep Gordon, Emma Roberts, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Manganiello and Lupita Nyong’o. There are even various Filmmakers Panels, where you get to hear directly from the filmmakers, which is like a dream come true for a gal like me!

How to score a deal on Maui Film Festival tickets:

One word: Volunteer.
I absolutely love volunteering at the Maui Film Festival! Keith Ranney is the festival’s Volunteer Manager and does an excellent job of training, encouraging and bringing lots of aloha to the volunteers and community. If you can spare a few hours of your time, you will be rewarded greatly for your efforts. According to the festival website, “each four-hour volunteer shift entitles you to three movie vouchers good at this year’s festival. An evening at the Celestial Cinema in Wailea requires two vouchers per person, so if you work two shifts, you will have earned an evening at the Celestial Cinema for you and two friends (or 3 nights just for you).” You’ll also get a cool festival t-shirt!

The volunteers create a lei of aloha through their service, attitude & availability to patrons’ needs.
-Keith Ranney, Volunteer Manager

The festival still needs about 200 volunteer shifts to be filled.  The most needed area is 9pm to 1am at the Celestial Cinema. Visit the Maui Film Festival Volunteer page to sign up for your shift and score a deal, i.e. FREE FILM TICKETS!!!

Note: Keiki (12 and under) are admitted FREE to Celestial Cinema at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Wednesday, June 4 (Goddess) and Thursday, June 5 (Thundercloud and H2MexicO)!

How to glam it up at the Maui Film Festival:

Taste of Wailea-Randy-Jay-BraunPhoto Credit: Randy Jay Braun

As mentioned before, there are several specialty events in conjunction with the festival. There are also V.I.P. Passes available, so if that’s more of a fit for you, you are certain to enjoy the glamorous offerings the festival provides.

I want people to leave the cinema feeling that something’s been confirmed for them about life.

-Danny Boyle

 

Other cool deets about the Maui Film Festival:

There’s often hula, live music, and wonderful food vendors!

It’s an eco-friendly event!

I will be there!!!

For more information about the Maui Film Festival, including film passes, showings, times, locations and more, please visit Maui Film Festival. If you’re into the social media scene, be sure to use hashtag #MauiFilm for all of your tweets and instagram pics. I hope to see you there…if not this year, then save the date for next year! And hopefully, just as Danny Boyle said, you will leave the cinema feeling that something’s been confirmed for you about life.

Livin’ la vida aloha,
Jennifer Poppy

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About Jennifer Poppy

Jennifer Poppy is livin’ la vida aloha on Maui, Hawaii. Have you ever held a dream in your heart? One of Jennifer’s came true when she and her family sold their home, their car & their stuff to move to Hawaii! She says this lifelong dream, turned ongoing adventure has been worth it all. She is a freelance writer, public speaker and creative soul. You’ll find her beautiful photography, upcycled furniture projects and stories of island adventures at Island Gypsy Hawaii

 

 

 

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Wailea Restaurant Week – May 25-31, 2014

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Photo from www.wailearesortassociation.com

Thinking of where to eat for a special dinner? Have you heard about the “Wailea Restaurant Week?”

This week  Wailea Restaurants are joining together to help end hunger on Maui by supporting the Maui Food Bank with an event called Wailea Restaurant Week. This community supported event showcases all the amazing cuisine that Wailea chefs have to offer at extremely reasonable prices. Prix fixe 3 or more course dinners are set at $29, $39 and $49 options. 

Some of the agents in our Wailea Realty office frequent Duo and Spago located at the Four Seasons and rave about the food so they are definitely on my list to experience. I know I better make early reservations for these heavy weights.

Recently I had the pleasurable opportunity to eat twice at the New Matteo’s located at the Wailea Town Center and was delighted with their Fish Sandwich,their tasteful and  inventively seasoned pasta dishes with a side of mixed green salad , we all know their pizza is undeniably delicious.

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Longhi’s has been a long time favorite of mine with their amazing lobster salad priced at just $19 and they are on the list for this special event. 

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Also next door is Tommy Bahamas  which we all frequent, in our office, for their great value  happy hour that goes from 2-5pm. Not only convenient but great food and drink specials delivered with a smile from their friendly waitstaff. 
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This event started on Sunday May 25th at 5pm and continues until the May 31st.
Please support these wonderful restaurants to help Maui community efforts to end hunger and get yourself an incredible meal at the same time. 
 

23 Wailea Resort restaurants are participating:

Alan Wong’s Amasia (Grand Wailea) (808) 891-3954
Capische?* (Hotel Wailea)
(808) 879-2224
DUO Steak and Seafood* (Four Seasons)
(808) 874-8000
 Fabiani’s Wailea (Wailea Gateway Center)
(808) 874-1234
Gannon’s* (Wailea Gold & Emerald Course)
(808) 875-8080
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Grand Wailea)
(800) 888-6100
Joe’s in Wailea* (Wailea Tennis Club)
(808) 875-7767
Ka’ana Kitchen (Andaz Maui at Wailea)
(808) 573-1234
KAI Wailea* (The Shops at Wailea)
(808) 875-1955
Kō* (Fairmont Kea Lani)
(808) 875-2210
Longhi’s* (The Shops at Wailea)
(808) 891-8883
Mala Wailea* (Wailea Marriott)
(808) 875-9394
Manoli’s Pizza Company (Wailea Blue Course) (808) 874-7499
Matteo’s Osteria (Wailea Town Center) (808) 891-8466
Migrant Maui (Wailea Marriott)
(808) 875-9394
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman* (Wailea Gateway Center)
(808) 891-2322
Morimoto Maui (Andaz)
(808) 573-1234
Mulligan’s on the Blue* (Wailea Blue Course)
(808) 874-1131
Nick’s Fishmarket Maui* (Fairmont Kea Lani)
(808) 879-7224
Pita Paradise Bistro Wailea (Wailea Gateway Center)
(808) 879-7177
Ruth’s Chris Steak House* (The Shops at Wailea)
(808) 874-8880
Spago* (Four Seasons) (808) 879-2999
Tommy Bahamas* (The Shops at Wailea) (808) 875-9983
Menus are listed here:
Join the buzz of good food and good feelings as we will eat and feel merry together. Mahalo.
 
ABOUT THE GUEST BLOGGER:
Reggie
Reggie Audant is a Realtor Broker with Wailea Realty Corporation. With 26 years on Maui and 14 of these years as a successful Realtor, Reggie has helped hundreds of satisfied clients buy and sell their properties on Maui by using his intimate knowledge of the local Real Estate Market.    Visit his website at http://www.mauirealestate1.com
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5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation

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Step away from everyday life and experience must needed respite by incorporating these secrets to a blissful vacation into your next trip to Maui…

1. Experience the Hawaiian Culture
Taking time to absorb the Aloha spirit can leave you feeling rejuvenated even after you’ve returned home. Make time for unique Hawaiian activities like hula dancing, lei making, or learning to surf.

SwellWomen encourages all of our participants to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands lifestyle. Harmony and well-being for the mind, body, and spirit, is the focus of the Hawaiian massage at Black Rock Spa included in all SwellWomen surf vacations. Inspired by the culture and traditions of Hawaii, your massage will have you feeling nothing less than wonderful!

2. Relax at Your Resort
Most of us go on vacation as an escape from an otherwise fast-paced life. Making time to adjust to your vacation surroundings will help you get the most out of your trip. Spend your first day unwinding at the resort and adjust to the time difference.

When you come to an island paradise, the pace of life is slower. Giving yourself a day of lounging poolside will help you quickly adjust to the new rhythm. Lay out poolside at your resort or head to the beach to dig your toes into the sand. Eliminate distractions likes cell phones, laptops, and TVs as much as possible. Instead sit back and soak in the Aloha spirit.

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Maui is home to some of the top hotels in all of Hawaii. Featuring 23 acres of tropical paradise, the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is situated along the best stretch of Ka’anapali Beach and was once the playground for Hawaii’s royalty making it a great place to feel pampered. This resort is the home of our SwellWomen Surf Vacations. With breathtaking views of the islands of Lanai and Molokai, this gorgeous property provides our guests with the ultimate in comfort and relaxation in an inspiring setting. Now doesn’t that sound blissful?

3. Tune into Your Well-Being
Once you’re adjusted to the island rhythm, the next secret to finding bliss is doing something for your overall wellbeing. Let your pre-vacation stress simply melt away as you reconnect with yourself.

Tuning into your well-being comes naturally on the magical island of Maui. Find your vacation bliss doing yoga on the beach or attending a wellness workshop. Bring out your inner child as you body surf to shore.

The yoga and wellness experience is an important element of your SwellWomen surf vacation. Guests leave our surf and wellness vacations feeling refreshed and inspired. They also feel ‘The Bliss’ of a renewed sense of enjoyment for life, family, and even their career.

4. Go on an Adventure
An active, adventurous vacation provides benefits like more energy, deeper empowerment, and renewed endorphins. From zip lining to surfing and helicopter tours to scuba diving, you’ll find bliss by trying something new in Hawaii.

Fun Hawaiian vacation activities include: swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, cruises, helicopter tour, scuba lessons, Hawaiian cooking, stand up paddleboarding, golf, tennis, and more.

SwellWomen surf packages are designed for women of all ages and surfing abilities who are seeking the thrills of surfing and the rewards of accomplishment.

5 Secrets to a Blissful Maui Vacation by @SwellWomen via @amauiblog

5. Be Empowered by a Retreat Experience
A blissful Maui vacation is about striking a perfect balance between relaxation, adventure, wellness, and culture. You could spend months piecing together your vacation, or you could attend a surf and yoga retreat with SwellWomen specially design just for you!

With every detail taken care of, it’s no wonder that SwellWomen guests return year after year after year. If you are looking for one of the most exciting, fun-filled and unforgettable surf vacations of your life, then it’s time you started surfing with us and experience the ‘aloha’ of SwellWomen.

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Start Up Weekend on Maui – May 16 to 18, 2014

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Start Up Weekend Maui

Ideas … I love ideas, and I have lots of them.  How about you? Do you find your self creating and inventing in your mind, forming business concepts that you think will work, if only …. or do you know people like us, who just are full of ideas?  What if I tell you you can have help getting those ideas out of your head and turn it into reality with the help of  skilled people who’d match your enthusiasm and passion?

Enter Start-up Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Start up weekend had come to Maui. This is our chance to showcase our Maui entrepreneurs, so if you are one of the idea people I was talking about, I invite you to sign up…. or if you know any, get them to sign up! Maui represent!  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/maui-startup-weekend-may-2014-tickets-10981326443

Still not sure what this is about? Check out this   Startup Weekend video from Startup Weekend Honolulu  last year:

I realize I am a bit late sharing this, but it is not too late.  Startup Weekend on Maui starts on May 16th and you can still register here http://www.eventbrite.com/e/maui-startup-weekend-may-2014-tickets-10981326443.

Need more info? Visit their website at http://maui.startupweekend.org

Start Up Weekend Maui

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